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Update: Police release name of Longhorn homicide victim, recover vehicle

PALESTINE, October 29, 2013— On October 28, officers from the Palestine Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Longhorn Drive concerning the welfare of a resident there. Police arrived on the scene and found the back door to the residence unsecure.  Officers entered the residence to check on the welfare of the elderly resident and found a subject deceased inside the residence.

During the initial stages of the investigation police spoke with the victim’s neighbors and learned that the subject had not been seen in several days. It was also learned that the victim’s car was missing from the residence.  Police are attempting to locate the victim’s vehicle. The vehicle in question is a 2004 Chevy Impala with Texas license plate # 6ND-CJ. The car is gold or light brown in color. 

Police have learned that the vehicle belonging to the victim has been recovered and is being stored at a wrecker facility in East Texas. Palestine Police will be traveling to the area to view the vehicle and try and identify any possible evidence in the case.

Police have identified the victim as an 81 year-old John Jerome Ferles of Palestine. Based on the evidence at the scene it is believed that Mr. Ferles’ death was due to homicidal violence. 

The case is being investigated as a homicide by the Palestine Police Department. The Palestine PD is being assisted in the homicide investigation by members of the Texas Rangers. 

Anyone with information concerning this or any other case is asked to call the Palestine Police Department at 903-729-2254 or Crime Stoppers at 903-729-8477 (TIPS).

KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with Palestine Police Lt. James Muniz about the case. Click below to hear details.


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